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U.N. moves biodiversity talks out of China over COVID delays

Montreal steps in to host 'urgent' nature protection summit in December

SHANGHAI -- A global U.N. biodiversity summit is being moved to Montreal from Kunming after repeated COVID-19 delays pushed back the talks aimed at striking a deal to protect nature.

Delegates to the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity, known as COP-15, will now gather in the Canadian city for the Dec. 5-17 summit after host China agreed to step aside -- dealing a blow to President Xi Jinping's drive to project the country as a leader in ecological conservation. 

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